Robotics Engineering Challenge Tests High School Students’ Creativity April 26

More than 80 area high school students will learn a little more about teamwork and creativity when they compete in a robotics engineering challenge at the Joliet Junior College Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, on Friday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The challenge, now in its 13th year, will feature groups of both “novice,” and “expert,” teams, depending on what type of equipment the high school students are familiar with.
On the day of the competition, high school students will section off into teams to build and program robots, according to Technical Department Specialist Luann DiMonte. The teams will be tested to see if they can make the robots move in various ways — such as through a maze.
Practice runs will be conducted in the hallways first, and when teams are ready, they will go in front of a group of judges who will time them. The object is for the teams to complete the task in the fastest time.
“They need to be organized and have the ability to work as a team player,” DiMonte said.
In addition to the hands-on challenge, students will also be required to take a multiple-choice test about robotics.
All students will receive participation ribbons, but the members in the first, second and third place teams will receive medals. First, second and third place schools will receive trophies.
DiMonte said participating is also a great time for the high school students to be exposed to JJC.
“This is an outreach activity,” DiMonte said. “We want the students to be excited about coming to school here.”
Everyone is invited to stop and watch the high school students at work on Friday, April 26.

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